Fabric alignment is an important feature you need to check when you're buying a couch with patterned fabric. A less expensive sofa may have fabric that is not properly aligned. So, if you're shopping for a premium sofa, settle for nothing less than perfect alignment in the pattern. If the tailoring is of low quality, pick out a different sofa. Put together a concrete budget before heading out to the shops.Lots of nasty things can happen on a couch or a chair, and you do not want to bring that stuff home with you. If the dog had an accident or the baby spilled its milk, you need to know that before you become the new owner of that item. Measure your space before shopping for furniture. An "eyeballed" measurement won't cut it here. You need to be exact as even a few inches can be a big deal for how your home design will work out.Inspect the legs on a piece of furniture before you buy it. Make sure they are heavy, well constructed and joined directly to the frame. Rubber, plastic or metal legs will scratch flooring and are not as durable as wooden legs. Be sure that the legs are firmly joined to the frame and not just nailed on. When purchasing upholstered furniture that has a pattern in the fabric, be sure the seams line the pattern up properly.Closely inspect it to make sure there are no inconsistencies in the fabric pattern. When buying an expensive sofa you will definitely want something where the pattern is in perfect alignment. Pick another sofa if the tailoring isn't looking good. Before you go and buy furniture, you should have a budget. When it comes to furniture, you have all kinds of options. You may spend more than you want to if you don't have a budget.